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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

How do you find a good caterer?

Reviews, interviews and menu tastings will help you find the right catering choice for your big day. Start by screening possible wedding caterers based on past reviews. If a caterer you are interested in has a review that concerns you, ask them about it; how they respond will be very telling. Next, ask about their availability for your wedding date.

If the wedding caterer is available on your date, it’s time to talk about menus and prices. Be clear about what your maximum budget is find out what choices this will allow you. Caterers may custom-create a menu for your event, or they may have menu templates within different price ranges that can guide your decision. A clear budget gives the caterer clear parameters within which to work and offer creative suggestions. Schedule a menu tasting to confirm you love your wedding menu. Once you have a menu and date, and have paid a deposit to reserve the caterer’s services, confirm additional details including when the food will be delivered to the site, what kind of service will be provided, how many servers will be onsite and for how long, and who is responsible for setup and cleanup. The more specific your contract, the fewer worries you’ll have on your wedding day. Get more smart hiring tips here.

Do you tip a wedding caterer?

Tipping 15 percent to 20 percent on a $3,000 catering bill can feel daunting — especially in light of all the other costs of throwing a wedding — but tipping your wedding caterer is standard practice. Be sure to ask your caterer about their specific policies. Many catering companies include gratuity as a line item on their bill. If tipping is not automatically included in your total, a good approach is to tip all the people involved the day of the event rather than paying one lump sum to the catering company. For each server and bartender, you can tip $20-$50, depending on how long they were onsite and whether they did exceptional work. You can also tip the chef; experts suggest $50. It’s also a good idea to tip the catering manager, the point-of-contact person who keeps the catering service running smoothly the day of your wedding, ensures all the food looks beautiful and is plentiful, and resolves any mishaps. Industry pros recommend tipping the catering manager $100-$200. If gratuity is not included and you’re tipping individuals, set aside $200-$500 in cash to be safe.

How do you serve food at a wedding?

Food service at your wedding will affect your catering costs and influence the atmosphere of the reception. Buffet style is more informal; plated meals are a bit fancier; family style encourages sharing. Read about the different food service styles to select your preferred wedding catering choice.

  • Buffet: Caterers can drop off prepared foods for a DIY and budget-friendly buffet option where you set everything up and food is entirely self-service. For a fuller-service buffet, the caterers set up food, oversee the buffet throughout the event, and clean up afterwards. For food only, prices per person might average $16-$18, while a service buffet may start around $20-$22 per person. Adding food stations can increase per-person costs by at least $3-$5.
  • Family style: Servers bring large platters of food to guest tables in courses. It’s less formal (and less expensive) than a plated meal, but more formal and higher-cost than a buffet. You’ll need large tables to accommodate the platters, so plan accordingly when renting furniture for the event.
  • Plated: A plated event is a formal dining experience; waitstaff serve your seated guests for each course, fill their drinks, and attend to them throughout the dinner. A plated dinner is typically the most expensive option for both food and service.
  • Food trucks: Similar to buffets, with food trucks your guests get their own food and bring it to their table. A food truck gives a relaxed and playful vibe to your reception.
  • Cocktail reception: If you don’t want a formal seated dinner, you can opt for a wide assortment of passed appetizers at an extended cocktail hour reception.

What should you look for in a caterer?

A delicious meal is a critical element of a successful wedding, with happy guests fondly remembering your fabulous wedding food. The right caterer for you will be:

  • Available: Even the best caterer is no good if they aren’t available on your wedding date. Ask early before you get your heart set on someone.
  • Affordable for you: Find a caterer that you can afford. Having a spending plan ahead of time will mean you won’t overspend on food.
  • A good personality fit: Wedding planning is stressful, so work with someone that you can get along with and communicate with easily.
  • Experienced and recommended: Ensure the company has a proven track record with events of your size and the references to back it up.
  • Transparent about money: Steer clear of shady pricing. Find a caterer who is very clear about costs and is happy to talk you through budgets and pricing options.
  • Transparent about food: Find someone who is clear about where they source their food from and where it is prepared.

How much should catering cost for a wedding?

The cost of wedding catering will reflect the level of service, the menu you choose, the luxury you desire and the number of guests you invite. Where you live also plays a major role in your wedding catering costs. The regional cost to do business and local cost of food will affect your catering bill. There is no set price for wedding catering, because each wedding and each menu is different. This is why many caterers provide a per-person price. This allows you to break down what it costs to feed each person based on the menu you want. Working with your caterer, you can adjust menu items, service level and more to accommodate your budget and guest count. Keep in mind that wedding catering costs are not just for the food. The bill reflects all the components that go into commercial food catering: a commercial kitchen, ingredients, staff, insurance, marketing and more. Here are some examples of average costs:

  • Three-course plated meal, moderately upscale, for 125 in Los Angeles: $14,000. Because of staffing costs, a true plated meal costs about twice as much as a staff-assisted buffet.
  • Buffet meal, standard menu, for 100 in Los Angeles: $5,000.
  • Per-person cost for hors d'oeuvres, dinner and nonalcoholic beverages: $24–$37, depending on menu selection, in Southern California.
  • Drop off prepared food for 50: $1,000 in North Carolina. Price does not include any service, setup or breakdown.

How much does it cost to hire a caterer?

Catering prices depend mainly on how fancy you want the food and service to be and how many guests you’ll have. When you’re first looking to hire a caterer for your event, consider how many guests you’ll have and your total food and drink budget. The national average for event catering is $340, but catering prices can range into the thousands depending on your menu, guest count, and service.

Event catering is a broad term that covers everything from fully prepared, ready-to-eat food that the hosts plate and serve themselves to full-service, multicourse meals, including rental of linens, glassware and other items, with service staff organized by the catering company. Usually a caterer will determine cost based on the type of event you’re having, how many guests will attend, the level of service you desire, and what type of menu you’d like to have. For example, if you have a set catering budget, say $1,500, and you plan to have 50 people attend, that means you have $30 per person for food. If you have the same budget with 100 people, you have $15 per person for food. In this way, the number of people you want to attend your event and the level of food you want to serve them determines how much catering will cost.

How much should catering cost per person?

Catering prices can range from about $10 per guest on the low end to $150 or more per person on the high end. Catering costs represent the quality of food, presentation, variety, ingredients and service. But catering prices are more than the cost to cook the food that will be at your party; they also include the cost for the company to do business. Here is a simple breakdown of catering prices:

  • Menu: The food you serve your guests will directly affect the price per person. Organic ingredients, complex recipes, elaborate presentations, or high-ticket items like lobster or filet mignon all add to the cost.
  • Service: Buffet, family style, plated dinners — how you serve the food affects the cost per person. For example, a true plated meal can cost about twice the price of a staff-assisted buffet because of staffing costs. Hiring waiters, bartenders and cleanup crew will all be calculated into the per-person catering price.
  • Drinks: Providing beverages and alcoholic drinks for guests greatly increases your catering budget. Hosting an open bar can cost as much per person as the meal.
  • Rentals: Seating, plates, glassware, etc., will all have an effect on the cost per person for catering. For example, a plastic conference table that seats 10 costs about $6 to rent on average, while a wooden farmhouse table is about $80 to rent on average.
  • Business costs: Any catering cost will also include the cost for the company to do business such as insurance, employee wages, commercial kitchen space and more.

How much does wedding catering cost per person?

Wedding catering costs will always vary based on the number of guests you’re inviting, the menu you want to serve, and the way the food will be served to your guests. As you interview wedding catering companies, you’ll be presented with a cost per person for various menus. On the low end, wedding catering may cost approximately $15-$18 per person. This would include prepared food only, with no setup or service of any kind. The starting price for a simple buffet meal with minimal service typically averages $22 per person. Opting for the same menu with all organic ingredients could raise your costs to about $33 per person. A moderately upscale menu (finer ingredients, more elaborate presentation) could range from $24 to $34 per person. High-end wedding catering cost truly has no limit. Lobster, filet mignon, specialty seafood, organic ingredients — menu choices like these can boost your cost per person up to $150 and more.

Reviews for Southbank caterers
Thumbtack Customer
so far the experience has been a very pleasant one. I met with Karen and she is very sweet, she will be catering out holiday luncheon here this month. Cant wait to try her food. I have read other reviews on her catering and it was all very good.
KaVal CateringKaVal Catering
Elizabeth R.
Cathy of Dawn to Dusk Catering did an awesomely beautiful job at my sister's retirement and  65th birthday celebration party. She had everything presented so beautifully. She prepared the food and kept it refilled throughout the whole party, which took that extra stress off me & our Mom as we hosted the Gathering. It is so worth it to have a caterer that will come in and take over so everyone else can enjoy visiting and eating and having fun. Cathy met with us and listen to our needs and desires and was able to put together a beautiful spread a food. She was quick to respond with our questions and changes. Also her fees are quite reasonable. I would highly recommend Cathy Zhang of Dawn to Dusk Catering. Also the Thumbtack app made it so so easy to find the caterer and look at reviews.  I highly recommend the Thumbtack App as well!
Dawn to Dusk CateringDawn to Dusk Catering
Stephanie g.
Chef Walter was very professional, and the food came out wonderful! There was plenty for the amount requested. It was my first time having a caterer and it was more than I expected! Wonderful experience!
Chef of the WorldChef of the World
Katie D.
Great food and wonderful service!! They catered our work Thanksgiving luncheon and it was really delicious. Great price, excellent customer service, arrived early to setup for the event and the food was amazing.
Cultured Foods CateringCultured Foods Catering
Mara S.
We used Patty’s catering for my baby shower and it was perfect! She was so easy to work with. She is incredibly responsive to all of your questions and ideas. I would definitely hire her again for another event!
Patty's Mexican CateringPatty's Mexican Catering
Sean C.
After searching and dealing with large corporations and over priced businesses, I found Chef Cathy and her team on thumbtack. She was kind, willing, adaptable and her communications were spot on. She made made it very simple to cater 100 of our guest. After we first reached out to Chef Cathy, we planned a in home catering visit. She came over and prepared everything that we had asked for, my wife and I felt like royalty the way she treated us. As the day of our wedding approached, she kept in full contact, ensuring us everything was going to plan. On our wedding day Chef Cathy and her team were one of the first ones to arrive at the venue. She had everything set up and strategically placed for guest to come through (all appetizers and main dinner). "The Dinner" was absolutely delicious! We had the Fajitas for our dinner and she killed it! She made everything by scratch and everything had a unique and perfect taste. As the night went on, she reset the buffet which allowed guest to come back for seconds, thirds or just to come by and make a nacho plate. I couldn't have ask for a better person to caterer our wedding. CHEF CATHY is a must have at your wedding or catering event!
Dawn to Dusk CateringDawn to Dusk Catering
Thumbtack Customer
I hired this caterer for a retirement luncheon based on the recommendation of one of her customers. Before the event, we had several conversations and texts, working out the details. Patty was always quick to respond. The menu included beef & chicken fajitas (with all the fixings), white rice and black beans. The food was delivered and set-up timely. She went over each dish with me. Every item was at the correct temperature. There was plenty of food and all of my guests were very complimentary of the taste and quality of the fajita ingredients, especially on the tenderness of the beef. Patty's Mexican Catering delivers a first rate meal.
Patty's Mexican CateringPatty's Mexican Catering
Thumbtack Customer
We were in a bind for an Open House party when our plans for catering fell through. We were expecting 40 to 60 professionals and had one week to find another option. I accessed Thumbtack for the first time, and Karin Munnell with K&J Heart Healthy Catering responded. Prompt response, very professional, and the food delicious! Even with the short time frame, she was able to meet with us and bring samples. She worked within our requests - like having no onsite kitchen - and brought us some great ideas too. I recommend her highly. Very pleased with Thumbtack as well!
Chef Karin's Creations LLCChef Karin's Creations LLC
Andrea R.
Chef Matthew was incredible, the food was amazing from presentation to melt in your mouth delicious!! His servers just kept giving the highest quality one could ask for and as a team it was delightful to meet and work with them. As a wedding planner I meet all types and styles Chef Matthew will forever be my go to cater when I have the choice.
Cultured Foods CateringCultured Foods Catering
Toni G.
Cultured Foods catered our Christmas Holiday Dinner for American Technical Ceramics. Matthew did an AMAZING job. Everyone loved the food and even commented they wanted to use Cultured Foods again in the future. Matthew is an amazing chef. Its very hard to please over 200 people and Matthew did just that!! We will definately use Cultured Foods again!!
Cultured Foods CateringCultured Foods Catering
Von W.
She did an amazing job for our first family reunion. The food was "amazing""delicious" and "soulful" (actual quotes from my family). At the last minute she was able to make changes to the menu to match the allergy preferences of my family. Cooking for a tough crowd like my family is a difficult task and she exceeded expectations. I highly recommend her for caterering an intimate event such as family functions.
Dawn to Dusk CateringDawn to Dusk Catering
Meghan B.
STAY AWAY FROM THIS CATERER! I hired Laura to cater a corporate event for our evening grand opening. She was responsive in the beginning and helped plan out the menu for the event. We requested there be bartenders and bar service the night of the event and the proposal she sent us included this. The day of the event she was supposed to be at our showroom to set up at 2:30pm for the event to start at 4pm. After calling and texting her with no answer , She finally called 30 min prior to the event and said she was on her way but had to make a stop. She showed up at 4pm as guests were arriving and had brought no help with her. I asked where the bartenders were and she said there was no bartenders. She set up the food, with the help of my guests and then told someone she was going to take out the trash and then never returned. I went to call her and saw a text from her stating she would not be staying to cater the event and would not be providing bartending services. We hired her to make food for 50 people and she showed up with barely enough to feed 20. She was missing several items off the menu we had agreed on and when I asked for a refund she refused. She hasn't refunded anything for all the missing food and bartending services. She was so unprofessional and disgusting to us and never even apologized or gave a reason why she didn't provide all the services we paid her for. The food was TERRIBLE!!! I was so embarrassed and ashamed we paid her so much for that terrible food and lack of services.
The Belly ChefThe Belly Chef
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